Sausage & Mash Function - Thursday 25 May 2017
Our next Club Meeting will be held on Thursday the 25th May 2017 at the Clayton Crown Hotel and will incorporate a special Social Function. The general club meeting, which all are welcome to attend, will commence at 7.30pm and we will seek to kick-off our Social Event around 8pm.
Squad update and Fota Island Training Camp...23/05/2017
Young West Ham United defender Declan Rice and Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne have linked up with the reduced Ireland squad, comprised of Championship players, for a three day training camp at Fota Island in Cork. Sixteen players together with Premier League newcomer Kevin Long took part in today's training session. Cork City goalkeepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith are set to participate in training tomorrow.
Tuesday evening in the Airtricity League...23/05/2017
The Airtricity Premier Division continued on Tuesday evening with second place Dundalk playing out a scoreless draw with fourth place Derry City in Oriel Park. Third place Bray Wanderers journied to United Park where they too ended scoreless with Drogheda United, while Bohemian went down to a two one defeat by Limerick in Dalymount Park.
Monday evening in the Airtricity League...22/05/2017
Runaway Airtricity Premier Division leaders Cork City travelled north to face Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds on Monday evening and came from behind to secure a two one success. Tallaght Stadium hosted the meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Galway United with the hosts prevailing by two goals to nil while Finn Harps defeated St Patrick's Athletic by three goals to one.
2017 Premier League finale on Sunday afternoon...21/05/2017
The final series of fixtures in the 2016/2017 Premier League took place this Sunday afternoon. With the title, runners-up and relegation places already decided, there just remained the three way battle for the two remaining Champions League places to resolve. Manchester City won by five goals to nil at Watford while Liverpool defeated relegated Middlesbrough by three goals to nil at Anfield which left Arsenal in fifth position despite their three one victory over Everton, who had goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt on the bench again, at the Emirates Stadium. Irish involvement was significant at Turf Moor where Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Kevin Long and Stephen Ward all started for Burnley who went down to a two one defeat by West Ham United for whom Darren Randolph and Declan Rice were unused substitutes. Champions Chelsea crushed Sunderland (John O'Shea, Darron Gibson) by five goals to one at Stamford Bridge while Stoke City (Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan) secured a one nil success at Southampton. Also on the road were West Bromwich Albion (James McClean, Marc Wilson) who went down to a two one defeat at Swansea City. Under 21 goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara was on the bench for Manchester United in their two nil home victory over Crystal Palace. The absence of Harry Arter from the AFC Bournemouth squad at Leicester City has caused some eyebrows to be raised, but it is reported that he is expected to recover from a dead leg in a matter of days.
First Division play-off final this afternoon...20/05/2017
The First Division play-off final took place at Wembley Stadium this Saturday afternoon. Bradford City, with goalkeeper Colin Doyle, U21 midfielder Josh Cullen (on loan from West Ham United) and striker Billy Clarke in their side went down to the only goal from Millwall who had midfielder Shaun Williams and striker Aiden O'Brien in their side.
Airtricity League action on Friday evening...19/05/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with a full programme of six matches. Leaders Cork City trounced Drogheda United by five goals to nil in Turner's Cross while Bray Wanderers dropped to third place following a two one home defeat by Bohemian in the Carlisle Grounds. Dundalk moved into second place with a three nil success in the Market's Field over a Limerick side with newly appointed manager Neil McDonald at the helm. Derry City defeated Shamrock Rovers by three goals to one in Maginn Park and Galway United overcame Finn Harps by two goals to one in Eamonn Deacy Park. Troubled St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers played out a one all draw in Richmond Park.
Shane Long looks like a definite injury absentee...19/05/2017
Shane Long suffered a broken bone in his foot during Southampton's victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday last and is almost certain to miss the upcoming trio of international matches in June. With injury already ruling out Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clark, and David Meyler while James McCarthy is a huge doubt, manager Martin O'Neill is facing a significant challenge to maintain World Cup qualification momentum.
EA Sports Cup semi-final draw made this evening...17/05/2017
The draw for the semi-finals of the 2017 EA Sports Cup was made early this evening and sees Shamrock Rovers play host to Cork City while Galway United will entertain Dundalk in the second contest. The ties are scheduled for Monday the 7th August 2017.
Championship play-off semi-final second leg tonight...17/05/2017
The second leg in the second Championship play-off semi-final took place at Hillsborough this Wednesday evening where Huddersfield Town progressed to the final against Reading, with a penalty shoot-out win over Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield Wednesday. Following the scoreless first leg, the sides played out a one all draw after extra-time this evening.
Premier League action on Tuesday evening...16/05/2017
Relegated Sunderland duo, John O'Shea, who started and Darron Gibson introduced from the bench for the final six minutes suffered a two nil defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League this Tuesday evening while James McClean replaced Marc Wilson after fifty two minutes for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three one defeat at Manchester City.
Championship play-off semi-final second leg tonight...16/05/2017
The second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final took place at the Madejski Stadium this evening and saw Reading score the only goal to defeat Fulham and secure a final place on a two one aggregate. The first leg saw 'Royals' skipper Paul McShane dismissed for a late tackle which ruled him out of tonight's tie and sadly for him, he will also miss the final at Wembley. Young midfielder Liam Kelly missed the first leg through illness but was introduced from the bench on seventy five minutes this evening.
Martin O'Neill announces International Squads...15/05/2017
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named his extended thirty eight man senior squad for the upcoming trio of international matches in June. The one new squad name is Burnley central defender Kevin Long. Injury rules out Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clark, and David Meyler, with the first two likely to have started, while James McCarthy is a significant doubt for the crucial Austria clash. A reduced squad comprising the Championship players will attend a three day training camp at Fota Island from Tuesday the 23rd to Thursday the 25th May 2017.
Second Championship play-off semi-final first leg today...14/05/2017
The first leg in the second contest of the Championship play-off series took place at the John Smith's Stadium this Sunday afternoon when Huddersfield Town played out a scoreless draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Keiren Westwood was in goalkeeping action. The second leg is set for Hillsborough next Wednesday evening.
Premier League action on Saturday afternoon...13/05/2017
The Premier League on Saturday afternoon saw AFC Bournemouth and Harry Arter in action against visitors Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick, Kevin Long and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven with Robbie Brady a fifty fifth minute substitute as the hosts prevailed by two goals to one. Shane Long started for Southampton in their two one success at relegated Middlesbrough while John O'Shea also started and Darron Gibson joined the fray from the bench after just twenty minutes for relegated Sunderland who went down to a two nil home defeat by Swansea City who are battling for survival under former Ireland U21 Coach Paul Clement. Stoke City had Glenn Whelan in their starting eleven with Jonathan Walters an unused substitute in their four one home defeat by Arsenal in the late kick-off.
Championship play-off semi-final first leg today...13/05/2017
The opening contest of the Championship play-off series took place at Craven Cottage this afternoon when Fulham played out a one all draw with Reading in the semi-final first leg. The visiting 'Royals' had skipper Paul McShane dismissed on eighty minutes for a late tackle while youngster Liam Kelly was not in the match squad.